Alpine Ontario Alpin (AOA) hired two FIS coaches to its elite stream programs. Katie Twible, formerly Hartman, will be the new Ontario Ski Team (OST) women’s head coach and Will Gyles will join the Southern Ontario Division Ski Team (SODT) as the women’s head coach.

Twible is originally from Breckenridge, Colo. and started skiing at the young age of 17 months. At age 5, she started racing with the Team Summit Ski Club at Copper Mountain where she remained until FIS. At age 17, she qualified for the U.S. Development Team and later skied for the University of Colorado, where she earned a degree in psychology. Her five-year coaching career includes working for the Aspen Valley Ski Club and most recently three seasons with the Craigleith Ski Club as the U16 head coach. Katie is a DL Certified Coach; she and her husband Cam Twible (former OST head coach, now pilot) live in Collingwood.

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“I’m excited to join the Ontario Ski Team and work with the strong coaches that make up Ontario’s elite team,” Twible said. “I know many of the athletes on the team and see tons of talent. It’s my job to help them to become as successful as they can be and I can’t wait to get started.”

Recently appointed OST Program Director & Head Coach Kip Harrington commented, “Katie came to us with a very strong racing background and an obvious competitive fire that was impressive. Her recommendations from Craigleith spoke to her successful tenure at the club, and I look forward to seeing the women’s OST continue to evolve under her lead.”

Gyles is originally from Toronto and is also a lifelong skier who started racing at age 11 with the Jozo Weider Ski Club. He progressed up to the ranks of FIS where he raced for eight years including on the Ontario and Ontario Development Teams. Gyles has been coaching for 10 years, including eight seasons with the Georgian Peaks Ski Club primarily working with K1/U14 athletes. More recently, he spent two seasons with the Men’s Ontario Ski Team as an assistant coach. Over the seasons, Gyles has worked with many successful Ontario athletes including those who have progressed to the national team. His coaching credentials include CSCF Performance Level (Trained), USSA Alpine Level 200, NCCP Level 3 and ACA Level 3 Officials. Will lives in Collingwood.

“I’m excited to continue working with AOA in a head coaching position,” Gyles said. “I know both Taylor and T.E.S really well and think they’ve both made amazing strides with the SODT. I’m looking forward to getting to work and continuing to build this team as a core program towards the OST.”

Harrington is also excited about the SODT hire.

“I’ve coached and worked with Will in the past and shifting him to a head coach position at the SODT level works well as we continue to build this very crucial development program,” Harrington continued. “His time at the OST will be invaluable for the SODT athletes who will be looking to rise through our system and graduate to the provincial level. Katie and Will are both hard working, passionate coaches – we are lucky to have them.”

Release from Alpine Ontario Alpin